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How Do Mammograms Work?

Don’t forget your mammogram! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mammograms help physicians detect early signs of cancer. Getting regular mammograms can help you have a healthier life. If you’re preparing for a mammogram, keep the following in mind.

  • Mammograms are recommended based on women’s age and risk, usually between 40 and 74. However, it’s important to discuss your risk and possible testing schedule with your doctor annually.
  • It’s common to feel some discomfort during a mammogram because of the pressure the two plates cause by pressing on your breasts. An entire mammogram takes just a few minutes to complete. 
  • Once the mammogram is done, the radiologist will examine the images to determine whether they’re usable or if you need to have X‐rays retaken.
  • The results from your mammogram may be ready after a few days, but you might be contacted earlier if there’s an issue with the clarity of your X‐ray results.
  • You may need to go for a second mammogram to confirm the results of the first mammogram. It’s best to go for regular mammograms to make it easier to compare your results over time.

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